More harm from processed meats
More Harm from Processed Meats
Researchers followed half a million people across Europe for
13 years and found that eating 20 grams per day (equal to one
strip of bacon) or more of sausages, ham, bacon and other
processed meats increases risk of dying young by 44 percent. It
also increased risk for suffering heart attacks and certain
cancers, particularly cancer of the colon (BMC Medicine, March 13,
2013). The more processed meat a person ate, the more likely he
was to die prematurely.
People who ate lots of processed meat were also more
likely to smoke, be obese and have other health-damaging
Processed meat includes meat that has been smoked, cured,
salted or prepared with added preservatives. Examples include
ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, hot dogs and sausages.
More healthful substitutes for processed meat include
fish, poultry, lentils, beans, nuts and seeds.